Newsletter - Issue 135

New members of the FIA

The FIA council would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members: –

Corporate Members:

Wellfield Pyrodynamics.Wellfield Pyrodynamics

Personal Members:

Nathan Kelly

Dates for your diary:

Summer Seminar 2019:

3rd & 4th June 2019, Whittlebury Hall, Towcester, NN12 8QH – see details of new sponsors and presenters in section below!

The FIA and Inside Networks

The FIA were recently approached by Inside Networks magazine to give our opinion on why the there has been a surge of interest in PON and its impact on the local area network (LAN). Our Technical Director, John Colton, wrote our response.

For the full magazine, please visit Inside Networks here, or read the excerpt by clicking the thumbnail image below: –

CPR clarity

Due to its close participation in the creation of standards in the UK and Europe, the FIA’s standards representative, Mike Gilmore has regularly provided its membership with the most detailed and timely advice on the technical aspects of CPR and the implications of its contractual and commercial application in the UK Telecommunications cabling market. All documentation has been available and has been updated whenever any significant change has taken place.

The FIA’s official position and updated documentation can be found here. With the exception of Mike Gilmore, if any advice has been given by persons claiming to officially speak on behalf of, or with the support of the FIA, please inform the FIA secretariat as soon as possible by either calling +44 (0)1763 273039 or by email.

Sponsorship of IEC SC86A WG1 & WG3, Cardiff – April 2019

On the 8th – 11th April 2019, 37 attendees from 12 countries descended on Cardiff to attend the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) TC86/SC86A WG1 and WG3 meetings. The IEC is an international standards organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies – collectively known as “electrotechnology”. Technical Committee 86 prepare standards for fibre optic systems, modules, devices and components intended primarily for use with communications equipment. This activity covers terminology, characteristics, related tests, calibration and measurement methods, functional interfaces, optical, environmental and mechanical requirements to ensure reliable system performance. Sub-Committee 86A WG1 focuses on creating optical fibre standards and test methods, with WG3 focusing on optical fibre cable attributes. These groups meet twice a year.

The Cardiff meeting was kindly sponsored by OFS, Prysmian Group, Leviton and the FIA. It’s thanks to sponsors that these meetings are able to take place, as no funding is available for the host National Committee. The UK hosts were also able to fund a social event for the attendees. This is a great opportunity to show local traditions and cultures to those visiting, and also provides a relaxed atmosphere for the group to get to know each other better, which in turn helps with discussions/debates on documents. The event held at Cardiff Castle was very much appreciated and will be remembered by all for years to come.
In total over the 4 days, the group discussed around 90 documents producing approx. 60 actions. These are well attended meetings with contributions provided by all. The next General Meeting will be held in Shanghai in October 2019.

White paper and Technical Support Document updates

The FIA has recently updated and released several important documents of significance :-

  • Supporting Cables and Cable Management Systems – The change between 17th and 18th editions of BS 7671: Requirements for Electrical Installations here
  • A further clarification regarding fire performance requirements of BS 7671 and BS 6701 here
  • New optical fibre designations for 2019 here
  • Fire resistance and circuit integrity cable explanation here
  • An updated Technical Support Document on External installations, BS EN 50174-3 and UK regulations here

FIA Summer Seminar 2019 – not to be missed!

Sponsorship packages for the 2019 FIA summer seminar, to be held at Whittlebury Hall, Towcester on 3rd & 4th June 2019, are still available to reserve. Delegate tickets are instantly available for on-line purchase via the host page here. Delegate fees shown below:

  • Members of the FIA – Seminar only £120, Seminar & Dinner £150
  • Non-Members – Seminar only £140, Seminar & Dinner £170

Prices do not include VAT.

As of 10th May 2019, confirmed presentations include:

• Andy Hudson, Chief Network Officer at Aqua Comms Ltd. – ‘Sub Sea Cables’

• Adrian Wooster, Head of Network Strategy – Gigaclear Plc – ‘FTTX – The path from copper to fibre’

• Mike Andersson, Andstrom Consulting  – ‘Building Infrastructure for Healthcare (Code of Practice sponsored by the NHS, published by the IET)’

• David Randall, General Manager – Lightwave Network Products EMEA, Sumitomo Electric Ltd. – ‘Ribbon Fibre Technologies’

• Martin Smith, International Lead – Network Infrastructure – CNET Training -‘CSCS/ECS changes and their impact’

• Jonathan Lewis, Technical Sales Manager – HUBER+SUHNER – ‘All-optical switching – technology and applications’

• Richard Robson – Fibre Solutions Design Lead for FiS – SSE Enterprise Telecom – ‘SEE Telecoms Fibre in Sewers – Connecting London!’

• EXFO – title and speaker to be confirmed.


• Tony Benn, Senior Pre-Sales Technical Manager, Leviton Network Solutions Europe – ‘Remote Powering’

• John Cotterill, Sales & Technical Director, Fibre Knight Ltd.‘The use of fibre optic technology in Aerospace’

Confirmed table-top exhibition sponsors include:

  • Mills LtdMills Ltd Logo

  • GabocomGabocom

  • FujikuraFujikura Logo


  • ITW ChemtronicsITW Chemtronics Logo

  • OFSOFS Logo

  • FTTH InnovationsFTTH Innovations ltd

Some feedback received from 2018’s event:

  • “The presentations were of really good quality and very informative“.
  • David Randall at Sumitomo: “The seminar was excellent. Probably the best one I’ve been to so far. “
  • “really enjoyed speaking at your seminar, it was a fantastic event full of really nice and interesting people. It was a lovely venue and very well organised. Congratulations to a great organisation, you should all be very proud and we are very happy to be a tiny part of it.” Chris Conder, B4RN
  • ” I am glad the content was well received by the audience. I was speaking with my team and they hope that we can increase installer participation to justify continued investment next year. Many thanks for the opportunity to participate.” Tom Ronan (Viavi)
  • “Many thanks for the email and enjoyed supporting the event and meeting up with all the old faces. See you all next year, BW, Jerry Mills”
  • “Thank you for your email and generous comments contained therein. I would also like to thank you and the FIA Council members for arranging the FIA Summer Event 2018 and the ongoing commitment to the industry association, which is invaluable. Best wishes.” M. M. Nurmohamed MBA, Deputy Chairman

A breakdown of the possible sponsorship options are shown below, or can be found on the website here:

Main event Sponsorship

£2,000 + vat. Benefits to include:

  • Banner at the front of the Seminar Room on both days
  • Logo on slides
  • Exhibition Table-top in main Seminar room (half-day on both 3rd & 4th June)
  • Company logo on event web page
  • 5 minute slot at Seminar on Day 1 to introduce the company and provide details of the exhibits
  • 2 f.o.c delegate Seminar & Dinner places
  • Follow up Sponsors message (100 words) in the next Newsletter after the event

Dinner Sponsor

£1,500 + vat. Benefits to include:

  • Banner and /or Pop Up in the Dining Room on the evening of the Dinner
  • Gift on table for Delegates (provided by Sponsor)
  • Exhibition Table-top in main Seminar room (half-day on both 3rd & 4th June)
  • Company logo on event web page
  • 5 minute slot at Seminar on Day 1 to introduce the company and provide details of the exhibits
  • 2 f.o.c delegate Seminar & Dinner places
  • Follow up Sponsors message (50 words) in the next Newsletter after the event

Bar Sponsorship


Exhibitor Table-top Sponsor

£575 + vat for members & £800 + vat for Non-members. Benefits to include:

  • Exhibition Table-top in main Seminar room (half-day on both 3rd & 4th June)
  • Company logo on event web page
  • 5 minute slot during Seminar programme to introduce the company and provide details of the exhibits

Note: Delegate places are not included in the table-top sponsorship fees and must be additionally booked.

if you or your company is interested in a speaking at this event please contact John Marson with your proposed topic and brief summary of the presentation to John Marson, FIA Commercial Director here 

FIA Summer Seminar 2018 Dinner

To make sure you don’t miss out on this unique event, block out 3rd & 4th June 2019 in your diaries now!

Stolen Equipment Register

We have recently reinstated the Stolen Equipment register. We aim to publish the details of stolen equipment in order to assist members in recovering their equipment should the worst happen.

The register can be found here. It can also be found on the homepage.

Details required in order to report stolen equipment include the date stolen, Serial number of all items, full description and most importantly, the crime record number. There are links to allow you to report stolen equipment, and also to report that you have been offered stolen equipment.

The FIA Needs You!

The Fibreoptic industry Association has been representing and supporting optical technology for over 25 years. We do, however, recognise the changes in the marketplace and in order to embrace these changes and continue to provide a first class level of service to our members we are planning a series of questionnaires and interviews.

Frank Kler will be contacting you over the next couple of months to find out just what you need from the FIA.

If you have any pressing views or opinions then please feel free to email Frank here.

Technical Support Guide Access

Members who wish to see or download the “members only” Technical Support Guides can do so by clicking on the link here.

FIA Accredited Installers – the official list for May 2019

If your organisation is interested in joining the scheme, contact the AIS Director, Frank Kler here.

  • FES LTD.
  • GCL LTD.

For full details for all of the FIA AIS Accredited Installers, click here

Ministry of Defence – would you like to become a supplier?

The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) are British Industry’s largest single customer, spending around £16Bn per year on goods and services. In order to simplify the process of tendering for MoD business, the FIA, in conjunction with the MoD supply chain group, produced a simple one page Application Form which enables a fast-track approval for FIA members, details available here.

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